MARTHA ANN COE, TERRELL COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL, SAYS: "IN MY PERSONAL OPINION I DON'T THINK ANYONE SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO OWN A PIT BREED AND THIS IS EVIDENCE WHY. THEY HAD THEIR FACES TORN OFF AND THEIR THROATS TORN OUT. THE 2 WHITE PIT BULLS DUG UNDER THE FENCE AND ATTACKED THE PREGNANT SHEEP EXPECTING TO GIVE BIRTH IN JANUARY. THE SHEEP WERE NOT EATEN.....JUST KILLED....I DON'T UNDERSTAND THE NATURE OF THIS....IT WAS JUST VICIOUS. IT COULD HAVE BEEN A CHILD !!!!!"
THE SHEEP ARE USED TO TRAIN BORDER COLLIES AND ALL THE SHEEP WERE PREGNANT!!!!!
Mon - December 12, 2011 - Two pit bulls attacked a flock of helpless sheep on a farm in Terrell County Monday morning. Twenty sheep were killed, and animal control officers are still out looking for those two white pit bulls.
The owners of the farm say the sheep were spread out over about 20 acres of land when the two pit bulls attacked.
All of the sheep were pregnant, expecting to give birth in January. The dogs dug under a fence to get to the sheep early this morning.
The sheep's owners say they don't understand the nature of the attack because the sheep were not eaten, just killed. "It is vicious, it is just vicious," says Lawana Friddell, Sheep Owner.
Lawana Friddell and her husband woke up to a horrible scene this morning. "They look like they have just been mauled, their faces eaten off, ears, just bloody," says Friddell.
A bloodbath is how they describe what happened to their flock of sheep, mauled and killed by two pit bulls on their farm in Terrell County.
"And they don't eat them, they just kill them, go from one to the other," says Friddell.
The flock was attacked early this morning. Her husband walked out of their house around 7:00 AM and saw about 20 of his training sheep covered in blood, lying on the ground.
"The degree of the attack, the severity of it, it is unreal, I mean they have torn the faces off of these animals, they have torn the throats out of every one of them that has been killed," says Martha Ann Coe, Terrell County Animal Control.
He saw two white pit bulls near the sheep. They took off running, and left under the fence they had crawled through to get in.
"We need to get these dogs off the street because they are certainly a vicious dog," says Coe.
The sheep are used to train border collies. "Until it happens to you, you don't really realize just how much damage that these dogs can do," says Friddell.
Each sheep is worth about $150, and all of the sheep were pregnant. "They did not stand a chance against these two dogs and nor would a person in this same instance," says Coe.
Which has the owner scared for the lives of her family. "I have an 88 year old mother that lives with me, for somebody to walk out into the yard and if you were to surprise these dogs, how do I know that they wouldn't attack her or my grand children," says Friddell.
She says this is the first time she has felt scared around her home.
"In my personal opinion, I don't think anyone should be allowed to own a pit breed, and this is evidence why, it could be a sheep, it could be a small child, it could be you or I," says Coe.
And Coe says if you do own a pit bull, you should be afraid and extremely careful.
Lawana Friddell says she now plans to carry a gun when she walks outside her home alone. The Terrell County Sheriff's Department is investigating this case.
The two dogs are still on the loose. If you see two white pit bulls, you are urged to call Terrell County animal control.